There is no better place to experience the authentic culture of a new destination than with a visit to a local market. This is where you will find the hidden gems outside of your resort— from jewelry to fine clothing, and delectable bites. It is as if you are placing a magnifying glass over a spot on a globe and getting a true glimpse into its everyday life. Interact with the town’s local artisans, designers, farmers, and chefs and experience how they are able to transform average streets into unforgettable destinations around the world. Plan to spend at least one day exploring these can’t miss markets around the world as it will be one of your most cherished memories looking back on your getaway.

Jemaa el-Fnaa

Marrakech, Morocco
9 AM-1 AM
Jemaa el-Fnaa market in Marrakech

Allow the buzz of the music and conversations around energize your mind and enjoy an evening tasting authentic flavors while sipping freshly squeezed orange juice, and shopping in the heart of Marrakech. The atmosphere is contagious and bursting with excitement so do travel light for a carefree and authentic experience. Allow the spices wafting in the air to fill your nose as you watch the henna artists and snake-handlers before hitting a few of the shops in the Medina. 

*Tribe tip: visit the market when it comes to life, around 7 or 8 PM.

Grand Bazaar

Istanbul, Turkey
Monday-Saturday 9 AM-7 PM
Grand Bazaar market in Instanbul

Known as one of the oldest markets in the world, you will find over 4,000 shops covering 61 streets of Istanbul. The markets deep Persian roots have deemed this market as the world’s first shopping mall where you can feast your eyes on the finest jewels, leather goods, and carpets in all of the world. Vivid colors may induce sensory overload (in the best way, of course). Be sure to speak with the locals to find out more about the true crown jewels and best-finds the market has to offer.

Pike Place Market

Seattle, Washington
9 AM-6 PM Mon-Sat, 9 AM-5 PM Sun
Pike Place Market in Seattle

Pike Place Market stands as the heart of downtown Seattle with each stand bursting with energy and excitement featuring local crafts, restaurants, and grocers. Be sure to head to the market with an empty stomach because you’re sure to find some of Seattle’s most delectable bites that may require going back for more. Plus, feel good knowing all of your purchases support local artisans and small businesses. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the famous Public Market Center sign!

Newton Food Centre

Singapore
12 PM-2 AM
Newton Food Centre market in Singapore
Image credit: AsiaOne

The Newton Food Centre is the perfect market to bring a few friends and enjoy a myriad of delights. You may recognize this spot from Crazy Rich Asians, and if you remember watching Henry Golden and Constance Wu sink their teeth into the mouthwatering local fare, you know it is an absolute must when visiting Singapore. For adventurous tasters, we recommend trying the barbecue stingray and oyster omelet.

El Bazaar Sábado

Mexico City
Saturdays 9 AM-6 PM
El Bazaar Sábado market in Mexico City

If you are looking for Mexico City’s finest clothing and accessories, look no further. Immerse yourself in historic San Angel, bursting with art and color with every step you take. Feast your eyes on stunning apparel made from designers ranging from at-home artisans to some of the top names in fashion. Find the ultimate inspiration in Carla Fernández’s exquisite geometric cuts and beautiful textile colors, so much so, that you may find yourself leaving with a few pieces and a newfound affinity for her boutique-style clothing.

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